Mainstream Social Media


Six Android apps on Google’s Play Store found to secretively harvest data from users

Facebook’s Role In Brexit and the Threat To Democracy

Former Mozilla exec: Google has sabotaged Firefox for years


YouTube’s algorithm is under fire for boosting a sexist conspiracy theory about black-hole researcher Katie Bouman

Facebook Tells Congress New Zealand Shooting Video Wasn’t ‘Gruesome’ Enough to Flag

Facebook Bans Faith Goldy And Canadian White Nationalist Groups In Latest Crackdown

Losing Face: Two More Cases of Third-Party Facebook App Data Exposure

Good intentions on extremism at YouTube, Facebook hit the wall of profitability

Millions of Facebook Records Found on Amazon Cloud Servers

Facebook Says White Nationalist Video Doesn’t Break New Policy Against White Nationalism

Opinion: We Built A Broken Internet. Now We Need To Burn It To The Ground.

Inside the Google employee backlash against the Heritage Foundation

Years of Mark Zuckerberg’s old Facebook posts have vanished. The company says it ‘mistakenly deleted’ them.

Trump’s Facebook ads focus on Schumer, Pelosi and the border wall as Democrats play catch-up 

?Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live,? says HUD secretary

More than 110,000 Australians caught up in September’s Facebook cyber-attack

Facebook is making its own digital currency and could become the largest bank in the world. Here’s why

Killed by Google is a Free and Open Source list of dead Google products, services, and devices. It serves as a tribute and memorial of beloved services and products killed by Google.



How Twitter’s algorithm is amplifying extreme political rhetoric

Through a new feature, Twitter may at times end up amplifying inflammatory political rhetoric, misinformation, conspiracy theories, and flat out lies to its users.


“Curious why I think FB has too much power? Let’s start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power.”





If Facebook?s endless privacy scandals have shown one thing, it?s that the company has far too much data on its users, and that they can?t be trusted not to sell, barter, or abuse that data whether?
A new report from Edison Research finds Facebook?s American user-base contracted for the second consecutive year in 2018, shrinking by 15,000,000, and that the biggest declines have come from?
It’s called the Significant Location list, and you probably didn’t know it existed


Mark Zuckerberg’s 3,000 word blog post about his plan to create a parallel set of Facebook services that contain long-overdue privacy protections has plenty to please both the regulators who are increasingly ready to fine the company billions and possibly even break it up, but also privacy advocates who will rightly cheer the announcement that the service will be increasing its end-to-end encryption offerings, only storing data in countries with good track records on human rights and the rule of law, and allowing users to mark some of their conversations as ephemeral, designed to be permanently deleted after a short while
     Zuckerberg’s promises contain one important omission, as Wired’s Issie Lapowsky and Nicholas Thompson point out: Zuck does not mention his company’s future plans for data sharing and ad-targeting, two of the company’s most controversial and potentially compromising activities.

An 18-year-old from Ohio who famously inoculated himself, against his mother’s wishes, in December says he attributes his mother’s anti-vaccine ideology to a single source: Facebook.

Facebook forces you to expose your phone number to the whole world in order to turn on two-factor authentication

Last September, Facebook drew fire for abusing the phone numbers users provided for two-factor authentication messages, sending spam advertising messages over the same channel — now, rather than reforming its ways, Facebook has doubled down on poisoning the security well, by adding a no-opt-out policy of allowing anyone in the world to search for you by phone number


You’ve probably never heard of many of the data firms registered under a new law, but they’ve heard a lot about you. A list, and tips for opting out.


The (Facebook) Trauma Floor


The Antisocial Network
Facebook claims to bring people closer together. In fact, it’s helping derail and destroy some of the few remaining places that actually do.

A reflection on my month without Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon, plus a how-to guide if you want to quit the biggest companies in tech.



If it were a country, MySpace would be the seventh biggest, ahead of Russia and Bangladesh, though not all users are active. It had 153,339,321 users when I started writing this article and 153,523,640 when I had finished. What does this growth bode for the future? For the first time a like-minded media generation will grow up interacting instantaneously: globalisation personified.
If the past teaches us anything, it will happen one day. In fact, the process might have already started.


A perfect storm of factors led the social media giant to be used to spread hate against Muslims.
Video posted on Wednesday violates ?abusive behavior? policy with action coming a day after CEO Jack Dorsey testified to Congress
A year of staggering revelations is a reminder of how much Facebook has corrupted life online, with the effect of making the internet seem a little less bearable and a little less human




Google tracking is more pervasive than most people realize. We show you some alternatives to Google services to limit your exposure.


Last December, human rights advocates and Google employees cheered when they learned that internal dissent at Google had killed the company?s secret plan to launch a search tool in China that?


Many more articles on why mainstream social media is terrible:

Open Social (Talk) Introduction  / Welcome To Open Source Social Media / Why Corporate Social Media Is So Lame